What will you learn?

  • Estimate the magnitude of blindness, annual workload and unmet need in your service area
  • Plan for your service area and develop strategies and action plans to achieve the goal
  • Manage community outreach activities efficiently
  • Know the importance of health communication & behavior change for tackling the barriers to service utilisation
  • How counseling helps to cope with the large volume
  • Apply the concept of social marketing in eye care service delivery
  • How Aravind has succeeded in its outreach activities
  • Broaden your knowledge on associated programmes like CBR, school eye health programme, village volunteers programme etc.
  • Importance of community participation in eye care services
  • Help you in solving problems specific to your hospital to improve eye care services
Target Group

Camp organizers, project managers, outreach coordinators, programme coordinators, social workers, counsellors, ophthalmic assistants engaged in outreach/marketing of eye care services

Working knowledge in basic English

Course Location
Batch Number 1
Start Date
End Date
No of Seats
15 per batch
Course Co-ordinator
Mr. Meenakshi Sundaram
Contact Details
72, KK Salai, Madurai – 625 020, Tamil Nadu
+(91) 452-4356-500
+(91) 452-2530-984
Eligibility Criteria
  • Those who work as a camp organiser, project manager, outreach coordinator, programme coordinator, social worker, counsellor, ophthalmic assistant.
  • The objective of the course is to develop the skills of eye care programmes to partner with the community and thus enhance the number of surgeries and level of eye care services provided to the community.
  • As part of your training you will be assigned to a camp organiser during the camp visits and he will help you participate in all steps of preparation and actual organisation of an eye camp, community group meetings and school eye health activities. You will also be exposed to case studies, group discussions, video shows and exercises on problem solving and team building beside classroom lecture cum discussion.  You will observe counselling given to the patients in various stages of their stay, training the volunteers and in monitoring the entire outreach activity.  This training will be customised to certain extent depending on the requirement of each participant.
  • During the course of training, you will be required to develop the entire outreach strategy for your hospital in detail. Such detail will include working out the extent of blindness in your service area, identifying partners in the community, and preparation of both health education and camp publicity material in the local language.This entire strategy will be presented at the end of the training to the panel of course faculty for their comments and feedback.
Course Details

Where to stay?

Accommodation can be arranged at Inspiration – Aravind trainee’s hostel. It is a comfortable and quiet place located close to the LAICO and Aravind Eye Hospital Campus. It offers common spaces where you can relax and chat with your classmates from all over the world. Rooms have televisions and wireless Internet connections.

Food: Food will be served at Inspiration Hostel.  The cost for lunch and dinner will be charged separately.

Please note: on Sundays, the mess will be closed for Lunch and Dinner. Participants are requested to have food at outside hotel. However there are good restaurants located nearby Inspiration (walk-able distance).

Please see the Inspiration brochure for more details.

Where to learn?

The course will be held at Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology (LAICO), in Madurai, India.  It is fully equipped with a 200-seat auditorium, projector-enabled classrooms and facilities for group discussion.  Madurai is well connected by air, rail and road to Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai and Trivandrum.  Nearby tourist attractions include a hill resort at Kodaikanal, the temple town of Rameswaram, and the southernmost tip of India at Kanyakumari.

How to pay?

Participants from India and Nepal pay a INR 10,000 course fee with the GST of 18%.  All other overseas participants pay USD 250 with the GST of 18%.  The fee will cover lecture notes, case materials, other course materials and lunch during the course.  Securing your spot in the course required sending the course fee within two weeks of receiving your confirmation letter.  An invoice in this letter will instruct you how to pay by Demand Draft (D.D.) or wire transfer to Lions Aravind Institute of Community Ophthalmology in Madurai, India.  If admission is within two weeks of the start of the course, payment is to be made posthaste.  If you request to cancel your enrollment two weeks prior to the course start date you will be refunded 100% of your payment.  A 25% cancellation fee is applicable if we receive your cancellation request occurs less than two weeks prior to the course start date.

How to prepare?

All international travelers must secure a visa before arriving.  When we receive your registration details we will send an invitation letter for your local Embassy or Consulate on your behalf.  It must be submitted along with your application for the conference visa.  Visa processing takes time, so we ask you to apply well in advance.